Randolph  County,  Indiana

Henry  C. Hull

            The able and popular superintendent of the Randolph County Infirmary, Henry C. Hull, has been distinctively the architect of his own fortunes, has been true and loyal in all the relations of life and stands as a type of that sterling manhood which ever commands respect and honor. He is a man who would have won his way in any locality fate might have placed him, for he has sound judgment, coupled with great energy and business tact, together with upright principles, all of which make for success wherever they are rightly and persistently applied. By reason of these principles he has won and retained a wide circle of friends throughout this, his native county.
            Mr. Hall was born on November 16, 1857, in White River township, Randolph county, and here he has spent his life. He is a son of Joseph and Lucy (Haynes) Hull. The father was born in New Jersey and the mother in the state of New York, and both came to Randolph county as children with their parents, who came as early pioneers, making the long journey from the East in wagons across the rugged Alleghenies. All was woods here and game was abundant. Grandfather Johile Hull settled on land about two miles south of Winchester and there built his log cabin home in the heavy timber, and began clearing and developing his land. Grandfather Stephen Haynes settled with his family near what is now Huntsville in West River township, and there cleared and developed a farm. They were both carpenters and worked considerably at their trade. They became large land owners and were prominent men in the early affairs of the county.
            Joseph Hull also engaged successfully in farming in this vicinity. He was also a brick maker and a builder. Many of the substantial brick houses over the country were built by him and still stand as monuments of his skill and honesty as a builder. Many of them are in Winchester. His family consisted of four sons and four daughters, all now deceased but three, namely Laura, wife of George Mace of Hancock county; James F., who is farming in White River township; and Henry C., of this review. The death of Joseph Hull occurred on June 1, 1905, his wife having preceded him to the grave eighteen years, dying February 14, 1887, in Tangerine, Florida. The father died in Winchester.
            Henry C. Hull was reared on the home farm where he worked hard when a boy. He received his education in the common schools, however his education was limited to about three months each winter for only a few years. But he has read extensively in later years and is a well informed man.
            Mr. Hull was married August 27, 1885, to Minnie Lock, a daughter of William F. and Mary (Robbins) Lock, of Randolph county. The father was born in New Jersey and the mother was a native of Kentucky. They came to Randolph county as young people. Our subject and wife have one daughter, Mabel C. Hull, who has been well educated in the Winchester schools.
            After his marriage Mr. Hull located on a farm, two and one-half miles northwest of Winchester where he farmed for two years. He then moved to his father's old home farm two miles south of Winchester, where he remained three years, then moved to a farm near Mt. Zion, where he spent three years, and from there moved to his own small farm one mile south of Winchester, adjoining the home farm. Here he lived twelve years. On September 1, 1905, he moved to the County Infirmary home and took charge of the farm and property as superintendent. This fine farm of over three hundred acres he has managed in a most commendable manner, keeping it well-improved and under a high state of cultivation, and all interested, agree that he is one of the most skilful and conscientious men who has ever been in charge of the county farm. He carries on general farming and keeps large herds of cattle and hogs, feeding large numbers of a good grade of livestock annually. The soil was formerly thin, but is now rich and productive. Nearly everything that is consumed at the institute is raised on the farm. He has made this one of the model farms of the county. He not only conducts the farm here most successfully and satisfactorily, but he and his estimable wife look well to the comfort and welfare of more than fifty inmates of the institution. All buildings are kept in perfect order, sanitary, neat and comfortable.
            Politically Mr. Hull has always been a Republican, and has long been active in local party affairs, however, he has never been an office seeker and never held office. Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic Order and seems to carry its sublime precepts into his every-day relations with his fellow-men.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson

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